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Origin and Meaning of Jenkins

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jen"kins
A name of contempt for a flatterer of persons high in social or official life; as, the Jenkins employed by a newspaper.
  1. A patronymic surname​ derived from the given name Jenkin; common in England and Wales.
  2. A city in Kentucky.
  3. A city in Minnesota.
  4. (derogatory, dated, colloquial) A flatterer or sycophant.
    the employed by a newspaper

Notable Persons With the Last Name Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins was an outsider music and opera musician. She holds the title Der Hölle Rache". Her career lasted from 1912 to 1944. Florence was given the name Nascina Florence Foster on July 19th, 1868 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S. She died on November 26th, 1944.


Richard Burton was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1944 to 1984. Richard was given the name Richard Walter Jenkins on November 10th, 1925 in Pontrhydyfen, Wales. He died on August 5th, 1984.


Young Jeezy is a hip hop music rapping. He was most prominent from 1998 to 1998. Young was given the name Jay Wayne Jenkins on September 28th, 1977 in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S. Young is also known as Lil J, Jeezy, and The Snowman.


Conway Twitty was a country music, rock, and roll singer-songwriter. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He was most active from 1956 to 1993. Conway was given the name Harold Lloyd Jenkins on September 1st, 1933 in Friars Point, Coahoma County, Mississippi, U.S. He left this life on June 5th, 1993.


Richard Jenkins is an actor. He has been prominent since 1974. Richard was given the name Richard Dale Jenkins on May 3rd, 1947 in DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.


Patty Jenkins is a film director and screenwriter. She has been prominent since 2001. Patty was given the name Patricia Lea Jenkins on July 23rd, 1971 in George Air Force Base.


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Popularity of Jenkins as a last name

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Common last names for Jenkins

  • White
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Smith

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jenkins U.S.
  White 57.76% 64.26%
  African American 36.78% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.39% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.42% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.07% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jenkins

People with the last name Jenkins are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Jenkins

  • How Popular is the name Jenkins? Jenkins is the 25,011th most popular name of all time. As a last name Jenkins was the 102nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jenkins have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 230 babies born with the first name Jenkins in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jenkins to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jenkins? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1890 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Jenkins first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jenkins is Thursday, January 8th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Jenkins born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jenkins was in 1923 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Random Jenkins Factoid: According to the 1922 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jenkins is not a popular baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, only 5 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1922.
  • Weird things about the name Jenkins: Your name in reverse order is Sniknej. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Inkejns. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jenkins? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 222,653 people with the last name Jenkins.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jenkins? Jenkins was ranked as the 102nd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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